Search Results: "Rosamond Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BARRENS by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Not the best or worst of the overheated, essentially routine thrillers (Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, 1999, etc.) signed by the author's own double, but a puzzling waste of Oates's talent."
Like Henry James perversely trying to make a second career by conquering the London stage, Joyce Carol Oates seems bent on devoting part of her prodigious gifts to pseudonymous neo-gothic thrillers like this latest. Read full book review >

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STARR BRIGHT WILL BE WITH YOU SOON by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A mediocre vintage for the gifted and prolific Oates, or perhaps a sign that it's time to move on to triplets or quads."
Pseudonymous Smith, now officially unmasked as Joyce Carol Oates, dips once more into the troubled pool of star-crossed twins in the most overwrought of her seven gothic pastiches (Double Delight, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DELIGHT by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1997

"It's a mark of both Smith's unsettling power and its limitations that Terence's wayward obsession is so much stronger and more believable than the shadowy woman who inspires it, or even than Terence himself."
A cozy suburbanite who's won it all loses it, and perhaps his mind as well, when a summons to jury duty throws him together with a bewitching assault victim, in the sixth and most elaborate of Smith's neo-gothic fantasies (You Can't Catch Me, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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SNAKE EYES by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Slick, professional, and utterly predictable—it reads like a sly and expert parody of the whole psycho-menace genre."
This latest gothic potboiler from the thinly veiled Joyce Carol Oates pits a wide-eyed suburban lawyer and his oh-so-perfect family against the convicted murderer who comes to live in their hometown when he's served the eight years of his ``life sentence.'' Though he's never met tattooed Vietnam vet Lee Roy Sears, Michael O'Meara was instrumental five years earlier in getting his original death sentence commuted to life, and he's kept up a correspondence (much to his beautiful, decorously promiscuous wife Gina's dismay) that encourages Sears to set up shop as a supposedly gifted sculptor in Mount Orion, New Jersey. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T CATCH ME by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 1995

"With echoes of Poe and Henry James, Smith (Snake Eyes, 1991, etc.) gives this anecdotal tale a shivery intensity. (Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections)"
A courtly Richmond dilettante's visit to Philadelphia turns into a nightmare when he is mistaken—and mistaken, and mistaken- -for another man. Read full book review >

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MATISSE, PICASSO, MIRO AS I KNEW THEM by Rosamond Bernier
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

Bernier's first book is a reshaping of her slide and lecture series often given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 1994

"Despite the material's innate fascination, readers must look elsewhere for a life grounding Stalin's psychological compulsions persuasively in historical context—for instance to Alan Bullock's massive and authoritative 1992 dual biography, Hitler and Stalin."
An intriguing look at Stalin's regime, marred by pedestrian writing and shallow insights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"An inimitable life captured with spirited, winning immediacy."
Legendary art lecturer and L'OEIL magazine founder Bernier (Matisse, Picasso, Miró—As I Knew Them, 1991) collates jam-packed brief sketches of her long, eventful life. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"Two perfectly lovely stories, padded a bit to fill up a slim, but nonetheless sweet, volume. (photos, not seen)"
A charming tale of two British feline war heroes, and of the many people whose lives they touched. Read full book review >